Patt Morrison for July 28, 2009

Anti-Smoking Campaigns to Tackle Obesity?

A new study from the Urban Institute says that using anti-tobacco tactics to help fight obesity could raise $500 billion by 2019. As with tobacco, enforcing a 10% excise tax on fattening foods, revamping nutrition labels on packages, and limiting advertising and marketing of junk foods could all lower people’s consumption of unhealthy foods and prevent obesity. But will legislators listen?


Stan Dorn, co-author of “Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies from the Tobacco Wars,” researcher with the Urban Institute

Harold Goldstein, executive director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy

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